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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Air Baltic to Schedule Moscow Flights

RIGA, Latvia -- Latvian aviation officials said Tuesday that national airline Air Baltic, partly owned by Scandinavian Airlines, is expected to start flights on the key route to Moscow this summer.

Russia had earlier refused to allow Air Baltic to fly to Moscow because it wanted the debts of former national carrier Latavio for landing rights to be settled, which have now been done.

"I expect Air Baltic to have Russian flights on its summer schedule with some five flights a week," said Arnis Muizhnieks, head of the Latvian transport ministry's aviation department.

Air Baltic had earlier said that it plans to first fly to Moscow and then add St. Petersburg.

One of the reasons SAS bought around a third stake in Air Baltic was to gain more access to the huge Russian market and it has been very disappointed that the route has thus far been closed.